Please read this page carefully. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a step-by-step process.
Who must have a criminal record check? - Applicants for Practicing and Non-Practicing membership/renewal must submit a criminal record check (CRC) clearance letter (sometimes referred to as a criminal record review) every 5 years to verify the absence of certain types of criminal convictions related to working with vulnerable adults and children (both sectors). This is a standard requirement for health professionals in BC.
Where/How Can I Complete a Check? - The review must be completed through the BC Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General's Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) website. If you do not qualify for the Electronic Identity Verification (EIV) process, you will be required to submit a manual request. As this process can take some time, it is recommended this process not be delayed.
How much does it cost? - Applicants/Members are responsible for payment of the required fee(s) to complete the CRC process. The basic assessment fee for a Name based criminal record check is currently $28.00. Occasionally (on rare occasions) individuals will be required to complete a Certified criminal record check, necessitating a finger print review. There is an additional fee of approximately $100 for this type of check. If this type of check is required, you will receive notification from the Ministry by letter mail explaining the process. For additional information on when/why the Certified criminal records check may be required, please refer to this RCMP information page for details.
When Should I complete this step? - This process can be completed at any time during the membership application process, however it is recommend this process be completed early on, as membership approval/renewal may be delayed if the clearance letter is not received from the government in a timely manner, as there can be delays in processing.
What the BCAK does NOT accept? - As recognized (not regulated) health professionals by BC's provincial government, the BCAK is registered with the Criminal Records Review Program as noted above. Criminal record checks must be completed through their system and therefore, the BCAK is not able to accept criminal record checks completed through the following organizations as they are not valid under the Criminal Records Review Act for working with at risk populations.
- Local police or RCMP detachment
Note: The BCAK does not reimburse applicants/members for obtaining a criminal record check obtained through one of these organizations which is not acceptable.
How is identity verified? - Identity verification: In the new eCRC system (effective July 6, 2021), an applicant’s identity is verified using their BC Services Card. If the applicant is using the BC Services Card to access the online service for first time, they will be directed to activate their card by video or in person through Service BC. If individuals do not meet the BC Services Card eligibility requirements, they will be re-directed to follow the current EIV process through Equifax or to submit their criminal record check through the manual process. Equifax will temporarily remain as an option for EIV for a transition period; however, this option will be phased out in the coming months.
What if I have a Current (valid) CRC clearance letter through the Criminal Records Review Program? - If you have completed a criminal record check through the Criminal Records Review Program, covering both vulnerable adults and children within the past 5 years for an employer, you may be able to request sharing of your clearance letter from the Ministry by initiating a "sharing request" through the CRRP website. You may wish to read through the user guide for more information on how and when this process applies.